For nearly two decades, Garrett Lewis has served our area as the Chief Meteorologist at 5NEWS and has led our community through the extremes of all seasons.
“The weather in Arkansas is unbelievably varied. We have 2″ ice storms that cause month long power outages, tornadoes with winds nearing 200mph, floods that devastate entire towns, heat waves with temperatures as hot as 115º, cold outbreaks as low as -15º, snowstorms with two feet of snow… the extremes we experience are astounding.”
He holds a B.S. Degree in Geosciences and an M.S. Degree in Applied Meteorology Mississippi State University. His graduate work focused on the social science applications in severe weather. In addition, he has been awarded both the National Weather Association and American Meteorological Society’s Seal of Approval.
A native of Alma, Arkansas, Garrett now lives in Rogers with his wife Ashley and two children.
Scattered thunderstorms have developed with daytime heating across NW Arkansas and the Greater Fort Smith area. These storms will have a wind damage potential as well as very heavy rainfall. Thunderstorms are expected to fade with the loss of daytime heating. Additional thunderstorms will be possible with any complexes moving in from the northwest for the next several nights. These storms will fade during sunrise leaving boundaries that become reactivated with daytime heating. For Friday, Saturday, & Sunday expect a […]
We’ve had plenty of cloud cover for our Tuesday with a few scattered showers developing in response to the cold front moving into the area. While temperatures will be lower, they’re expected to remain close to normal for the remainder of the week. For this time in August, 90º is expected in NW Arkansas and around 95º is expected in the Fort Smith area. Still hot; however, not as scorching hot as the last week has been. Around the edge […]
This is a look at current temperatures updated hourly. Monday afternoon, Fort Smith hit 100º for the first time since July 25, 2018. In 2018, Fort Smith recorded four 100º+ days with the hottest 108º on July 20th. Incidentally, Fayetteville’s last 100º day was also on July 20th of 2018. Relief is expected on Tuesday with an increase in clouds and rain chances with a weak cold front pressing into the area. -Garrett
Additional showers and thunderstorms will be likely late-Friday into early Saturday. Like the recent rounds of rain, the severe weather threat will be low but the threat for flash flooding remains elevated. This is especially true in locations that have already received several inches of rain within the last 48-hours. Rain will taper off late Friday evening by around 9pm; however, another area of heavy rain will develop into Saturday morning around 4-6am with more widespread rains to start the […]
Scattered showers and thunderstorms will continue to move across the area from the west to the east into Friday morning. While the severe weather threat is low, the risk for flash flooding is elevated with the high amounts of humidity in the atmosphere. Expect frequent thunder but the risk of severe weather is low. Waves of heavy rain will continue into the morning drive which could cause slow-downs for the Friday morning drive. -Garrett
A Severe Thunderstorm developed this afternoon in SE Oklahoma and is currently tracking towards Arkansas. The main threat with this thunderstorms will be strong damaging winds. Radar indicated winds in excess of 60mph just east of Cameron, Oklahoma tracking SSE into Arkansas towards Midland. -Garrett
Thunderstorms along a progressing outflow boundary will continue dropping southeast across Arkansas this afternoon and evening. Some of the stronger storms will likely be across the River Valley East from Clarksville to near Russellville. The outflow boundary will continue to drop temperatures for the remainder of the evening with widespread rain-cooled 80s expected. More showers and thunderstorms are likely in the coming day before drier and hotter weather sets up shop for the upcoming weekend. -Garrett
Showers with embedded thunderstorms will continue to track across NW Arkansas this afternoon with a slow push towards the Fort Smith area by late-afternoon. The main risk from the storms will be locally heavy rainfall; although, a small risk of quarter size hail is possible when daytime heating is maximized this afternoon and early evening. Rain will continue to be possible into the weekend with another round of very heavy rain affecting the area late-Friday into Saturday morning. This is […]
The constant northwest to southeast pattern we’re in will continue to favor showers and thunderstorms, especially in the morning, for the next few days. The most widespread rain will happen on Friday night into Saturday morning. This is when up to 2″ will be possible across the entire area. Storms will continue into the afternoon on Saturday but won’t be as widespread as the first part of the day. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for most of our […]
Showers and thunderstorms from earlier have faded with the loss of daytime heating. Expect clear skies for the overnight. The “northwest flow” pattern will maintain small rain chance for the rest of the week with the best chance either late at night or in the early morning hours. -Garrett
It’ll gradually get warmer this weekend with highs expected to be near 90º under mostly sunny skies. Expect an increase in clouds for the day on Sunday with a limited chance for a showers late Sunday evening. Rain will become more widespread by Monday with a continued increase in temperatures and humidity heading into the upcoming workweek. -Garrett
This morning was one of the coolest July mornings in 5-years with lows being tied in the River Valley and just two degrees away from breaking records in NW Arkansas. Looking ahead, warm weather will continue to slowly build into the weekend with highs climbing into the 90s. Humidity will also be on the increase. Looking beyond the weekend… rain chances will return for early next week. -Garrett